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Review: Mystery L Cafe, Toorak

Mystery L is a tiny Toorak eatery with everything going for it . It’s classic brunch and lunch food will charm you into making it your go-to Toorak cafe.

Mystery L Cafe – The Overview…

Food: Egg and Bacon Sandwich, Pancakes, Porridge, Linger Patisserie Pear Dessert

Food: 4/5
Atmosphere: 4/5
Service: 5/5
Value: 4/5

The details…

Internally they’ve managed to maintain some of the classic features of the building whilst making the most of the big windows to create a bright, airy space. While it is small, it’s cosy instead of cramped with a real laid back vibe, and on a sunny day you can always sit outside in their courtyard too. 

Pancakes and Porridge at Mystery L Cafe Toorak - Suzie Scribbles

On the  menu are a range of lighter eats such sandwiches and all those brunch classics you’d expect. They also stock some beautiful desserts from Linger patisserie too (more on these later). We decided to try the pancakes, porridge and a bacon and egg sandwich. Everything arrived looking delicious with a nice freshness to all of the ingredients. The dishes aren’t fussy or extraneous, they simply present the ingredients in the best way, giving beautifully plated, classic brunches. 

Bacon and Egg Sandwich Mystery L Cafe Toorak - Suzie Scribbles

The sandwich came first – fully loaded with plenty of bacon and egg. We really enjoyed the simplicity of this dish. We love trying all the amazing, creative dishes around the city but sometimes you’re just craving something simple and it’s really hard to find a place that does it well, with good quality ingredients. Well Mystery L is definitely that place! It was a great, tasty lighter option really highlighting that classic is sometimes the best way to go. They have a range of other sandwiches on the menu too, along with limited edition jaffles on the specials board. 

Porridge Mystery L Cafe Toorak - Suzie Scribbles

The porridge was creamy, with a nice sweetness to it. It was a filling dish, and I enjoyed the range of fresh fruit added on top. There was a lot of variety there but not too much of it, and there was a nice range of textures between the fruit and the nuts and seeds. It was a really warming dish that didn’t stick too closely to the typical winter flavours. It’s definitely a dish you could enjoy all year round. 

Pancakes Mystery L Cafe Toorak - Suzie Scribbles

Finally we tried the pancakes. They were a large stack, beautifully plated and topped with some perfectly caramelised banana. Again, there was lots of variety in the flavours here, yet the dish itself manages to remain quite simple. This is what Mystery L do really well.  The soft and fluffy pancakes were really enjoyable, with a little extra sweet hit from the strawberry glaze. We preferred the coyo to ice cream on top as this helped to balance the dish out (not too much sweetness in there) and keep it a little lighter, as it was definitely a generous serve. 

Pancakes Mystery L Cafe Toorak - Suzie Scribbles

Along with the faultless service and great coffee, we really felt that Mystery L was one to watch, and if all that isn’t enough to persuade you, their amazing desserts supplied by Linger will give you that extra push to head through the door. We tried the never parting pear, and honestly it was exquisite. Looking exactly like a pear, you crack the chocolate coating to reveal a creamy pear mousse. I suspected it would be a little sickly but I looked down at my plate the next minute and it was all gone! Not only did it look unbelievable, that light airy mousse was so beautifully crafted! My only regret is that I didn’t try more than one. 

Everything else…


Address: 466 Toorak Road, Toorak

Opening Times: 

Mon        7am to 4pm
Tue         7am to 4pm
Wed        7am to 4pm
Thu         7am to 4pm
Fri           7am to 4pm
Sat          8am to 3pm
Sun        8am to 3pm

Parking:  Toorak can always be a little hectic to park. As Mystery L is towards the end of Toorak village (furthest from the city), it’s probably actually easier to look for a park on the nearby side streets than in the main carparks in Toorak village itself. (It’s actually much closer)

Getting here on PT: It’s on the 58 tram route, alight at Toorak Village or Canterbury Road and it’s a couple of minutes walk.

Mystery L Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclaimer: We dined as guests of Mystery L Cafe, Toorak. Reviews are honest and based on our own personal experiences. We cannot guarantee things at a cafe won’t change including, but not limited to, menu items and opening hours, so please confirm any details with the venue before visiting.

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